artist portrait

About Mary


Underhill, Vermont 2017

Mary grew up in Shelburne, Vermont looking at the Adirondacks with the sun, wind, waves, and constantly moving Lake Champlain.

She has always loved color and design.

The Shelburne Craft School provided art classes for children and Mary was enchanted. 

During high school she studied commercial art . Mary went on to Johnson State College studying with Peter Heller, John Battdorf and Ken Leslie. (Drawing, sculpture, batik, and painting) and danced with Maris Wolf,  and a trio called 3-D performing “guerrilla improv” around Vermont.  Later studies continued at SUNY Purchase (photography and dimensional art), Parsons School of Design (weaving and sewing) and with Carol McDonald (printmaking).

In her mid-twenties she created Spudprints, a hand painted clothing company,  featuring brilliant combinations of color. Her clothing sold up and down the east coast (coming soon, a Spudprint archive page complete with photos).

The rich, playful banners began in 1999. Later, she began photographing her work for greeting cards.

Paintings are her passion.

Accepted into the Vermont Studio School in Johnson VT in 2007 for “Vermonters Week” she had time to explore her art in a deeper way and since then has continued to expand her painting style.

Mary has also painted interiors for clients in Vermont, New York and Maryland. Her mural project  for Sugarbush Ski Resort in their ski school in Warren, Vermont has created a magical space for kids to learn. 

Mary graduated in the spring of 2015 from Johnson State College with a BA in Art.

Mary’s art studio is in Underhill and overlooks Mt. Mansfield where she lives with her husband Rick.

Contact Mary at

Ann Havel’s blogspot about Vermont artists features Mary: